The Lagos State Government, on Wednesday, said that property worth N17.72 billion were lost to fire incidents while N106.32 billion worth of goods and property were saved in the last one year by the State’s Fire Service.
The Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Oluseye Oladejo, gave the breakdown at the ongoing Ministerial Briefing in Alausa, Ikeja.
Oladejo said the Lagos State Fire Service had undergone various transformations to enhance its operational capabilities and capacity to effectively curtail fire outbreaks and related emergencies.
He said that a total of 1,772 calls were received and promptly responded to in the last one year. Oladejo said that 118 victims were rescued, while 89 dead bodies were recovered. He stressed that during the period under review, the fire service secured the approval of the governor to recruit additional 100 officers to undergo intensive professional basic fire-fighting training to boost its staff strength and capability.